A nursing home is a facility that provides skilled nursing care and related services for residents who require that level of care; rehabilitation services for injured, disabled, or sick people; and health related care and services, above the level of mere room and board that can be available through institution facilities.

Although this type of care, by its very nature, substantially limits a person’s lifestyle and scope of privacy, you should still expect high quality, compassionate, and dignified care from a nursing facility. Moreover, these expectations are guaranteed by various state and federal laws.

Sadly, a number of nursing facilities neglect or even abuse their patients. This is often a combination of lack of money, which limits the quality of the help that can be hired, and a general feeling that the patients are not going to be able to complain anyhow. This attitude is disgusting, in that these facilities are dealing with some of society’s most vulnerable people who deserve the best possible care simply because they are in no position to complain. Nonetheless elder abuse and nursing home neglect are more common than we want to think.

If you have a senior citizen in a nursing home and you notice any of the following signs, your loved one may be suffering from neglect or abuse:

• Dehydration
• Malnutrition
• Pressure sores/bed sores
• Dry skin
• Unexplained weight loss
• Inability to eat
• Infections that do not heal
• Falls and broken bones
• Excessive bruising
• Verbal abuse
• Physical abuse

You need to contact an experienced attorney right away for several reasons. First, complaints must be made to the appropriate authorities to protect your loved one as well as every other resident in the facility. Second, immediate steps must be taken to ensure that your loved one is quickly put in a place of safety. And third, your loved one deserves money damages for the injuries he or she has suffered, and the nursing facility needs to be held liable for these injuries.

If you have any suspicion that your loved one is suffering abuse or neglect at his or her nursing facility, let our knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys go to work on your loved ones behalf. Contact our offices at (305) 895-7547 or toll free at (866) 895-7217 to discuss your case for free. We handle cases throughout the state of Florida. We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingent fee basis, which means that there is never a fee unless we successfully resolve your case.